Archives for October 2013

Tom Crean late for Big 10 Media Day; Twitter lets him have it

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Tom Crean loves himself some press conference lateness. Almost as much as Tom Crean loves himself some nervously pacing around and excitingly clapping. The Indiana Hoosiers Coach has drawn the ire of both local and national media ever since he kept reporters waiting until nearly 2 a.m. last year, in order to have his players cut down the nets in Assembly Hall.

Of course, I’ll never forget the time IU was at Northwestern hours before the Indianapolis Colts would play in the Super Bowl, and Crean kept his own media waiting as long as possible, cutting it as close as possible until kickoff. Whether that was intentional and jerkish, or just inadvertent and clueless we’ll never know.

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Michigan State Spartans #2 in AP Poll, best team in Big Ten

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The Michigan State Spartans are the #2 team in the Associated Press poll; released today. They were also chosen the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 college basketball season. MSU is also #2 in The Sports Bank’s 111 in 111 conducted by David Kmiecik (that’s forthcoming)

Michigan State Spartans sophomore Gary Harris was named Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third. Michigan State, which is ranked No. 2 in the preseason Coaches poll, returns four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 record. Tom Izzo enters his 19th year at the helm.

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Alex Morgan dresses as McKayla Maroney for Halloween (PHOTO)

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It’s Halloween, and as such time to revisit the Alex Morgan Halloween costume. Here she is dressed as McKayla Maroney.

Here USWNT partner-in-crime Sydney Leroux went as fellow member of the Fab Five, oh wait my bad, apologies to the Michigan Wolverines, Fierce Five, as Gabby Douglas.

See the photo and compare/contrast after the jump.

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Frank Yallop is the new Chicago Fire coach

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The Chicago Fire announced that Frank Yallop has replaced Frank Klopas as the new head coach. The  MLS franchise announced that Frank Yallop will also be the new director of soccer. The Watford, England native and former Canadian international defender has won two MLS Cup Championships as a coach, and has twice been named MLS Coach of the Year.

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David Beckham wants Sir Alex Ferguson to manage his Miami MLS team

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It was revealed yesterday that David Beckham, the former England captain and Manchester United star, picked Miami as the location for his new MLS franchise. He also recently revealed that he wants Sir Alex Ferguson to manage his new MLS team.

It’s been an interesting few weeks for Becks, who also gave a vote of confidence to embattled United Manager David Moyes.

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St. Louis Cardinals finish season with a thud

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The 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals ended with disappointment after the Boston Red Sox hit their way to a third championship in ten seasons. The Cards finished with the best record in the National League and topped baseball darling Yasiel Puig and the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates before being dismantled by the American League’s best. [Read more…]

Fantasy Sports Games: When Betting Gets Virtual

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Most of us know about traditional sports betting. You predict the outcome of a sporting event and place a wager on that outcome happening with a bookmaker, often times online. In most U.S. states this practice is illegal but elsewhere in the world, especially Europe, sports betting is allowed and regulated. Most of us, too, will be familiar with fantasy sports leagues where participants build a team from real players whose actual, statistical performances are converted into points. Well, what if you could place bets on fantasy sports games? That might not be far from becoming reality: virtual reality.

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Offseason considerations for the New York Mets

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As baseball heads into the postseason, the New York Mets are faced with an offseason of intense decision-making. During the break, there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed but fortunately, this time, there’s plenty of money available to transform the squad.

Plenty of positions need firming up: the outfield is lacking a real big hitter; General Manager Sandy Alderson needs to decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda can hold down first base; the New York Mets are in the market for a new shortstop according to Alderson; and, despite Matt Harvey’s intense rehab, there’s no prognosis on when his shoulder injury will heal so a replacement veteran starting pitcher might be in the mix.

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#14 Memphis Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

After years of dominating Conference USA, the Memphis Tigers have a new home in the American Athletic Conference.  With Louisville and UConn standing in their way, it won’t come as easy this season.  However, thanks to a talented, experienced backcourt and deep roster, Josh Pastner’s team is certainly capable of once again being a major player on the national stage.

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Can Brad Stevens turn the Boston Celtics around?

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This summer we learned why Brad Stevens chose to remain at Butler and turn down all those big school college basketball jobs. He was holding out for something better; and here’s his meteoric rise to the NBA. Challenges abound. Both the program he leaves and the program he takes over are in transition.

The Butler Bulldogs took a tremendous hit, they’ll take a while to recover from the Butler Bulldogs departure, and will not likely be the same again. And you saw on NBA Draft night, the Boston Celtics traded away their whole team. The body language of Bill Simmons said it all. Hard to be an unbiased journalist when that happens. So it’s a big transition for both Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics.

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Clear eyes, full hearts for Danica Patrick in Texas

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Of all the NASCAR tracks, Danica Patrick has the most starts at Texas, having driven in 14 races – two Sprint Cup, four Nationwide Series, and eight in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

In last November’s Sprint Cup race at Texas, Danica Patrick started 32nd and finished 24th. Yeah, sounds about right. For her.

It was, at the time, her best career Sprint Cup finish and it came in her first race with Tony Gibson as her crew chief. In her four Nationwide Series races, Danica Patrick has three top-15 finishes, including an eighth-place result in April 2012.

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Chicharito scores twice as Manchester United blanks Norwich

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Javier Hernandez, better known as Chicharito, scored twice to lead Manchester United into the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup.

Chicharito led United to a 4-0 victory over Norwich at Old Trafford. No doubt he was the man of the match in this one. Although the shut out was impressive. Solid goaltending and offense, to complement the attack.

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